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Kessler Foundation Identifies Six Participants to Test Ekso
Date:10/14/2011

atPro V6 uses robotic technology to move the individual's legs in a walking motion over a treadmill and encourages interaction. With adjustable features and an allowance for hip movement, it is meant to simulate the most natural gait possible. In addition, Kessler is partnering with the University of Louisville to investigate epidural stimulation, in which a chip is implanted to deliver an electrical current through the spine to trigger walking.

"By studying various forms of treatment for paralysis, we identify what course of action works best for each individual," said Dr. Forrest. "Robotic technology adds another dimension to rehabilitation by simulating a normal walking pattern. We've seen that repetitive motion retrains the nervous system so that individuals, in some cases, redevelop walking patterns, but regular movement also prevents secondary complications of paralysis, including cardiac and lung weakness, poor bone density and pressure ulcers. Quality of life drastically improves."

While Ekso is only used in rehabilitation settings, it's targeted for home and community use in 2013. To kick off the start of trials, Amanda Boxtel—an ambassador for Ekso Bionics—will demonstrate Ekso live at Kessler Foundation's 10th Annual Stroll 'N Roll at Branch Brook Park. Boxtel was paralyzed in a skiing accident in 1992 but has been learning to walk independently with Ekso for one year. The new participants will have the opportunity to see the possibilities with the Ekso.

About Kessler Foundation 

Kessler Foundation is the largest public charity in the field of disability.  Kessler Foundation Research Center advances care through rehabilitation research in its seven specialized laboratories under the leadership of noted research directors. Research focuses on improving function and quality of life for persons with injuries of the spinal cord and brain, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and other chronic neurological cond
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